Latest posts by bookmonster


Posted: 09/08/2015 at 14:32
Our plastic mini greenhouse was damaged in high winds so we're thinking of getting one of these. It will be on a patio against a fence- will it still be vulnerable to wind, and will it need fixing down?

Bring out your planters!

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 10:43

 Wow, some great recycling! I'm largely looking for ideas for plants/styles of plants to use, ideally beneficial to wildlife. Sorry about the mess and the open gate, but you can see the area is quite narrow. The existing planters are falling apart. The gap had a plastic greenhouse, which was destroyed in windy weather over winter.


Posted: 13/07/2015 at 10:37

Does anyone know if elder plants are ever grafted? May be a coincidence, but under a plant identified here as an elder (though it's never flowered) we have lots of vine like elder, and now a small elder tree with flowers has sprung up behind the broome, I'll take a photo when it's not raining. Not sure how to take them out with other plants in the way and am loath to use weedkillers, any suggestions/experiences?

New lawn a bit sad.

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 10:35

How high was it before it was mown? They recommend taking no more than 1/3 of its length off at once. When our lawn was first laid I had to cut it with shears to start with.


Bring out your planters!

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 10:19

Our suburban garden has as much patio as anything else, and the planters we inherited are disintegrating. We're looking for inspiration for permanent pot arrangements to replace them with. I'm  a keen wildlife gardener but tend to go for hardy perennials and herbs, rather than anything too labour intensive. The spot is south facing, against a fence, and the depth is limited due to the opening of the garade door. What have you done with perennials in a container that you're proud of?

Apple and Pear Blossom

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 10:16



We planted an espalier howgate wonder apple, and a double cordon pear, last march, and removed all the blossom last year- loads on the apple, 1 flower on the pear. This year the pear had loads of blossom, of which I removed around a third, but only one pear has set. Any tips?

The howgate wonder apple has no blossom this year, but is otherwise healthy apart from some leaf miner moth damage. Is this an every other year tree?


Thanks, I'm very much new to fruit trees!


Leafy Greens :-)

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 13:11
We're in York and overwinter bright lights.

Leafy Greens :-)

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 12:44
We usually grow chard and perpetual spinach/spinach beet over winter. The spinach beet tends to be bigger but more disease prone.

Allium Rust

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 14:03
Thanks for the tip! I read that leek rust can be caused by an incorrect nutrient balance, and other plants needed a feed.

Allium Rust

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 21:55
No-one's had rusty onions?

Discussions started by bookmonster

first apple harvest!

Storage advice needed 
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you know what I'm going to say... 
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Apple Harvesting

Howgate wonders 
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What is this?

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fruit tree protection

fruit tree novice! 
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What to do with the results 
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Plant Ideas Needed

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Allium questions

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any other arachnaphobes out there?

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shallot harvest

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Practical questions 
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Bring out your planters!

Inspiration needeed! 
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Apple and Pear Blossom

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